SAUSAGE TREE PRIDE
One of the lionesses was out evaluating a topi and her offspring as a potential choice for dinner. However, she opted against the hunt and returned to a very warm and affectionate welcome from her cubs. Together with the rest of the lionesses, they reclined until the sun had set. After which, the lionesses got up and were on the move.
Day broke across the vast expanse of the Mara to reveal the Sausages feasting on a buffalo that they had hunted the night before. A male lion was also near the kill, but he soon distanced himself from the ladies and their cubs. There was a brief moment of unease when a hyena appeared in the periphery with one eye on the carcass. However, without any backup of note, the felines successfully defended their haul and spent the rest of the day alternating between sleeping and feeding.
The Sausages were still working on the buffalo carcass when WE came across them again.
It had been a few days since the Sausages had fed on the buffalo, and the ladies had to find more food. They were successful in bringing down a zebra, which they enjoyed feasting on until the heat of the Mara forced all bar one to seek respite under the shade of a nearby tree. Seeing that only one lioness had been left on the carcass, a hyena decided he liked his chances and would make a play for the meal. The lioness weighed her options and knew that the only way to defend the carcass would be to surround it with the other lionesses. And if the ladies would not come to the carcass, she would indeed take it to them! While they watched from the safety of the shade, she dragged the zebra carcass to them and made it. They rewarded her effort with a warm welcome which included a lot of nuzzles.